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Uninhibited passion is all she needs to turn her life around . . . Siobhan 'Sugar' Malloy, co-owner of Sugar and Spice Café and part-time burlesque dancer, believes that love is for the young and foolish - and at thirty-five years old, she is neither.But a new business venture with the sexy twenty-something owner of Crimson Bay Couriers is quickly changing her mind. Charlie O'Halloran is beyond charming - and his flirtatious manner is an unexpected breath of fresh air for Siobhan. Soon an explosively steamy affair begins, and Siobhan discovers that she loves making up for lost time.When Charlie comes clean and admits he wants a relationship, Siobhan is struck with memories of the troubled past she is desperate to forget. But when her estranged daughter makes a surprise appearance, Siobhan must choose between the family she left behind and the new life - and new love - she's always wanted . . .
This is one of my favorite read of the year. It met all the requirements I need for a great story. It had romance, it had a great story, it had character development and it ended happily. I am truly satisfied!
We met the heroine, Siobhan “Sugar” Malloy in book 1 of the Sugar and Spice series. The 35 yr old was best friends with Nadia Spice and co-owner of their café. We knew Siobhan had some struggles in her life, but in this book Siobhan’s story was laid bare.
Siobhan’s life was finally stable and somewhat drama free when Charlie O’Halloran came into her café to deliver a package. Charlie was the owner of Crimson Bay Couriers and he saw a way that Siobhan could improve the visibility of the café. He also had selfish motivates for offering his services. He had been mesmerized by Siobhan and couldn’t figure out how to get her attention. When Charlie made his move he found a willing but cautious woman. They embarked on a casual affair but as things got serious, both Charlie and Siobhan had to come clean about some considerable baggage from their past. Was their new affection strong enough to shoulder the weight?
What I absolutely love about this story and this series is just how the author balances a heavy storyline with really steamy sex scenes. At first glance, one would think this novel is just a simple erotica. However, it has a complex plot with multidimensional characters and a continued theme about never giving up. It was an emotional read at times and elicited some chuckles at others. I am not going to lie, I did have to fan myself at certain scenes, but they were tastefully done.
I was so impressed with both Charlie and Siobhan because life had dealt them a rough hand, but they met their challenges with dignity and strength. Both characters had little support until the later part in their lives but they managed to overcome huge hurdles to arrive at their current place of hopefulness. I enjoyed how Charlie’s family fought for his happiness as well as his capacity of love. He was my favorite character in this book and I just adored him. I also loved Siobhan’s girlfriends because they were more like a family unit. They were supportive of Siobhan when they needed to be and they challenged her when she needed a kick in the pants. I just enjoyed the whole ride as I listened to this audiobook.
*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.